kastar replacement batteries: sony apparently doesn't make cybershot batteries anymore. amazon doesn't stock them. that means that if they still exist at all they won't much longer. kastar batteries FLIP the orientation of the picture you just took. except when they don't flip, which is when you are showing somebody what the problem is: you take a picture to demonstrate the problem and of course the picture you just took displays just fine and dandy. then the battery flips the next one or the next one. no consistency. of course this is annoying all by itself. when the picture display is sideways and its supposed to be horizontal you can touch the "flip" icon. and then the stupid thing is UPSIDE DOWN. you have to rotate your camera upside down to see the picture right side up. OKAY! I decided I can live with that.
this is made easier by the fact that windows picture view/edit software "fixes" the orientation problem automatically. when I view the piccies directly from the pro duo memory stick they are all oriented the way I took them.
so I go to my blog (Google BlogSpot or blogger, whatever it's called these days) to create a post of my most recent game, complete with, of course, lots of piccies.
I am uploading piccies slooowly, because the uploader is slooow anyway. and then it happens: the first picture uploads SIDEWAYS. I cannot delete it from the uploaded picture folder because I am not using picasa, only BlogSpot/blogger. so the pictures stay in the "library" forever as far as I can tell. there is no solution to this problem other than to use a dying sony battery, a different camera (yegods) or keep beating my head against the wall and upload pictures until they upload correctly oriented: you see, I experimented and yes, the third try the dammed thing uploaded to BlogSpot right side up. the very next picture I uploaded (one at a time by now, mind you) was SIDEWAYS. I nearly smashed my machine. I whiteknuckled the camera when I tried to show my wife what was going on with the kastar replacement battery and the picture I took of her was RIGHT SIDE UP, not screwed up. but three pics later the camera battery was up to its new tricks, flipping horizontal pictures sideways.
I will simply stop playing with electronic crapola. forswear association with 'puter/web stuff and relapse into a porch-sitting curmudgeon. I will laugh insanely at anyone who tries to talk to me about "problems" that they are having with their stooped electrical gadgetry. and when my dvd player goes out and my tv won't read/recognize the attached devices and when the 'puter chips in my head stop working properly (probably already happening) I will simply take a broadsword, bec de corbin or shotgun to them, each in its turn…………